The Motion Picture Association of America announced today that it has named a former U.S. senator as its chairman and CEO, Deadline.com reported.
Christopher Dodd , a five-term Democratic senator from Connecticut, will begin his job with the MPAA March 17.
“Senator Dodd is a battle-tested leader whose reputation as a strong leader on major issues facing this country has prepared him to serve as the ambassador for the movie business,” said Jim Gianopulos, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. “I, along with my colleagues, agree that he was worth the wait.”
Said Sen. Dodd: “The major motion picture studios consistently produce and distribute the most sought-after and enjoyable entertainment on earth. Protecting this great American export will be my highest priority. In several important ways, taking this step represents a continuation of my work in the Senate, from advancing the interests of children and families and creating and safeguarding American jobs to the protection of intellectual property and the expansion of international trade.”